Le Baobab Fou

Le Baobab Fou The subject of intense admiration and not a little shock when it was first published The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since The book has been translated into numerous lan

  • Title: Le Baobab Fou
  • Author: Ken Bugul
  • ISBN: 9782723608381
  • Page: 314
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  • The subject of intense admiration and not a little shock, when it was first published The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since The book has been translated into numerous languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa s 100 best books of the twentieth century No African woman had ever been so frank, in an autobiography, or wThe subject of intense admiration and not a little shock, when it was first published The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since The book has been translated into numerous languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa s 100 best books of the twentieth century No African woman had ever been so frank, in an autobiography, or written so poignantly, about the intimate details of her life a distinction that, than two decades later, still holds true Abandoned by her mother and sent to live with relatives in Dakar, the author tells of being educated in the French colonial school system, where she comes gradually to feel alienated from her family and Muslim upbringing, growing enad with the West Academic success gives her the opportunity to study in Belgium, which she looks upon as a promised land There she is objectified as an exotic creature, however, and she descends into promiscuity, alcohol and drug abuse, and, eventually, prostitution It was out of concern on her editor s part about her candor that the author used the pseudonym Ken Bugul, the Wolof phrase for the person no one wants Her return to Senegal, which concludes the book, presents her with a past she cannot reenter, a painful but necessary realization as she begins to create a new life there As Norman Rush wrote in the New York Times Book Review, One comes away from The Abandoned Baobab reluctant to take leave of a brave, sympathetic, and resilient woman Despite its unflinching look at our darkest impulses, and at the stark facts of being a colonized African, the book is ultimatelyinspirational, for it exposes us to a remarkable sensibility and a hard won understanding of one s place in the worldRAF Books Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French

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    1. Contrast. Between the village in Senegal and the Belgian city. Between Bugul's means of conveyance and my mode of decoding. It is always hot there. It is always cold there, she says of the village, a line I'd usually have read as a boring paradox but that here leads out from me a humbled understanding that this place is out of the time I know. In the city time and the narrative snagged on it roll onward like the conveyor belt of a machine, like the tread of a tank, while when Bugul's consciousne [...]

    2. I didn't much enjoy this book. Perhaps once I have a chance to talk about it with my classmates, I can get a better understanding of the novel. I don't have high hopes, though. The overall narrative structure of the novel was very off-putting; the speaker felt quite distanced from her audience. At times it felt like listening to someone talk to herself -- you feel like you're intruding, a little awkward and confused at hearing only one side of a conversation. Additionally, the chronology jumped [...]

    3. Ken é unha nena senegalesa que sofre o abandono familiar e inicia unha búsqueda identitaria como africana moderna no mundo occidental. A incomprensión, a alienación, o racismo e a inadaptación son unha constante neste libro no que a procura da identidade é vital para acadar a supervivencia e o sentido como ser humano nun mundo decadente e colonialista.

    4. Historia interesante sobre el choque entre la modernidad occidental y la tradición africana, a lo 'Aventura ambigua' de Cheikh Hamidou Kane, aunque menos filosófica. Narra la experiencia de transitar en esa visión construida, impuesta, de la 'tierra prometida': el norte. El descubrir de Ken, las experiencias vicerales por las que pasa, el descubir de su cuerpo, los recuerdos vívidos de la madre abandonandola y la desazón de las luchas de la independencia en su país trayendo oligarquías ne [...]

    5. Serein et tourmenté - Un malaise général, d'un continent à l'autre, des gens qui, sans doute tentent de rêver leur vie au détriment des réalités et le moi dans la douleur toujours de sa conscience Extrait :"Il faut se demander parfois comment allait ce monde sans appréhender de répondre; chaque jour de la vie, les événements se succédaient inéluctables. On pouvait rêver sa vie, mais on ne pouvait pas rêver sa réalité. Le quotidien n'est constitué que par des instants.". Commen [...]

    6. At first I wasn't a huge fan of this book, but about half way through it started to win me over. There were a lot of little quotes in here that I really enjoyed and rang true to me. But there were also times where it seemed to me that the book was one huge poem. But I enjoyed the book. It was also interesting to hear about how this woman interacted with white men and how they only saw her as an object. That was really interesting to me as well.

    7. Interesting content, and I loved Bugul's perspective of the artists and liberals in Belgium who were only interested in knowing her as an Other, someone beautiful and exotic that they could brag about knowing. But the writing, or the translation, is earnest and melodramatic. "Again a school year flowed by like the liquid that holds together the hot couscous on which we'd feast in the evenings in the village," etc. I found it hard to finish.

    8. While I can appreciate the importance of this book, I found it rather tedious to read (perhaps it would have been better in the original French, but I only had it in English), and never made it all the way to the end. I was looking for something by a Senegalese author before going on a trip to Dakar, and this was the only thing that was readily available at the time.

    9. A really complex look at a woman's relationship with location and identity - the trauma of exile. So much of the writer's personal experiences are present in this book and it's a very insightful and intense read.

    10. I think this book was poorly translated. I couldn't read more than a few pages-- the language was terrible: formal, stilted, distanced. The protagonist constantly referred to her father as "the father" and there were other weird things like that. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.

    11. Adoro a esta muller, o seu xeito de escribir, as súas descricións da realidade occidental desde o punto de vista africano. Fai a unha reflexionar sobre moitos asuntos, o feminismo, as relacións humanas, os costumes, o paso do tempo, a vivencia das experiencias, Recomendable 100%.

    12. J'aurais aimé que la narratrice soit plus fiable. Je ne croyais pas toujours ce qu'elle racontait mais c'est peut être la structure non chronologique qui me fait douter ses souvenirs.

    13. I have a student writing on this book. I'm looking forward to reading it, and would love to discuss it with others.

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